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Why Mr. Rogers is a summer movie star




Mr. McFeely (David Newell) and Fred Rogers on set, in the documentary <em>Won't You Be My Neighbor?</em>
Mr. McFeely (David Newell) and Fred Rogers on set, in the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?
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Mr. Rogers spoke to our better selves

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When "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" premiered 50 years ago — with simple sets, some old puppets and an unassuming host — there was no reason to expect the show would last. But something about Fred Rogers made it work. Filmmaker Morgan Neville talks with John Horn about his new documentary, "Won't You Be My Neighbor" which is one of the biggest indie hits of the summer.

Songwriting to mend invisible wounds of war

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Nashville singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier has been volunteering as a mentor with the non-profit SongwritingWith:Soldiers for about five years, facilitating artistic collaboration between the military and civilian worlds. Now she's made an album off songs that she wrote in partnership with veterans. 

Mary Gauthier at McCabe's Guitar Shop.
Mary Gauthier at McCabe's Guitar Shop.
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